May 27, 2017

The Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park, Montana

Neill family at the Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

The Trail of the Cedars is a nice flat boardwalk that runs for 0.7 miles on the west side of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana.

The parking area at Avalanche Campground

The parking area at Avalanche Campground

The last time we walked here was in May of 2013, when there was still snow on the mountains and a spring chill in the air.  Logan Pass was still closed for the winter season due to snow, so Avalanche was the farthest we could drive.  It was perfect for an afternoon with my baby girl.

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This trail is a great place to take small children, who will love the large cedars and the boardwalk.  Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the trees and Avalanche creek running alongside a portion of the walk.

Avalanche Creek along the Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park, Montana

The best part of the trail is Avalanche Gorge at the end.  The beautiful creek flowing through the small gorge, with vibrant colors and moss-covered rocks. 

Avalanche Gorge, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Avalanche Gorge, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

After the bridge that views Avalanche Gorge, the path turns into pavement.  The trail runs in a loop, and you will see the sign for the Avalanche Lake trail head just after the bridge, where you can choose to turn and head up to the lake.  Or you can continue on the pavement and head back to the parking area.

Trail of the Cedars sign, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

If you are looking for a “hike,” the Trail of the Cedars is probably not for you.  The trail is flat and easy, which is wonderful if you are looking for a simple, lovely afternoon hike with small children and it is wheelchair accessible.  If you continue on the trail to Avalanche Lake, then you will get a bit more of a hike for those that choose to do so.

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

www.montanavacationblog.com

 

To get here: Keep driving on the Going-to-the-Sun Highway past Lake McDonald, and you will see a sign for the Avalanche Creek Campground.  Park here, and the trail begins on the east side of the road.

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